Two Spanish tourists and a bar worker nearly drowned in the River Thames earlier this morning.

It is believed one of the tourists had been sitting on the river wall at Embankment during a night out when he fell into the water.

His friend went in to rescue him, but they both found they couldn’t get out and began to scream for help in Spanish.

A Spanish speaking worker at a nearby bar heard their cries and entered the river, but soon found his own life in danger.

After receiving a call just after 1.32am Tower RNLI lifeboat crew found the men - all aged in their twenties - clinging to the wall near Temple Pier.

Station manager Kevin Maynard said: “We could hear shouting as we arrived and someone in the crowd was flashing a light into the water to guide us to the casualties.

“There were three men in the river who were trying to cling onto a bit of wall but the tide was sweeping them along. As the boat arrived on scene, one of the men lost his grip on the wall and sank below the water.

“In a panic, he then grabbed one of the other men and pulled him from the wall, with both men now struggling to stay afloat. We arrived just in time and got all three safely aboard the lifeboat.

“One of the men was suffering from hypothermia and the others were freezing cold. All three had swallowed a lot of water – they were lucky lads and could all too easily have died. We’ve chalked this up as three lives saved.”